The Week in Reviews, Op. 420: Patricia Kopatchinskaja; Mark Wood; Tianwa Yang

October 10, 2023, 5:10 PM · In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, each week presents links to reviews of notable concerts and recitals around the world.

Patricia Kopatchinskaja
Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Photo by Marco Borggreve.

Patricia Kopatchinskaja performed Fazil Say's Violin Concerto "1001 Nights in the Harem" with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Mark Wood performed in concert with the Johns Creek Symphony.

Tianwa Yang performed Miklós Rózsa's Violin Concerto with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Leonidas Kavakos performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti at Carnegie Hall.

Joshua Bell performed and directed Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields at the Sydney Opera House.

Concertmaster Mateusz Wolski performed Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor with the Spokane Symphony.

Concertmaster Roberto Ruisi performed Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto with the Hallé.

Leonidas Kavakos performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the San Francisco Symphony and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Concertmaster William Shaub performed in the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s Concertmaster Series with pianist Kevin Class and members of the symphony.

The Orion Quartet performed a farewell concert for the Dallas Chamber Music Society.

The Fauré Quartett performed works by Fauré for the Candlelight Concert Society.

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October 12, 2023 at 02:51 PM · Re ~ Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in e minor "Comeback"!!! {#1}

A Lover of the divine Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in e minor since a young violinist and performing this great Masterpiece for Violin with Orchestra, a lot long ago, it delights one's Soul to see several fine artists all performing this wondrous work about the same time yet with differing Orchestras and in so doing all Three Violinists now bringing back Mendelssohn's 'perfect' violin concerto, as often expressed to me by my Iconic Violinist Mentor, Nathan Milstein, whom most Violinists know was fabled for his interpretative & hard to describe 'perfect' technical beauty in dispatching this marvel of a Violin Concerto ...

Intrigued seeing some 'names' of unknown to myself violinists, and saluting Concertmaster's of various Symphony Orchestras across America, is a joy and an "At Last!" addition after usually focusing only on well known Violin Soloists! Having been early trained to sit in the proverbial "Hot Seat" by a Father-Teacher who believed most strongly in preparing his daughter to 'play in an orchestra' and to also be a prepared Leader very early on teaching me some of the major Orchestral Masterworks Concertmaster repertoire, I think it truly appropriate to feature very fine Concertmasters/aka, UK 'Leaders', and here on For far too long a time, most string focused magazines have featured only Violin Soloists, leaving those who actually can do both a bit off to the side ~ Kudos to for opening the 2023-24 Concert Season with Both!!

Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto is as exacting as any of the Violin Concerti of Mozart, in its quiet 'demand' for utter purified perfection intonation which few Soloists truly display in public concerts, and which many of few avoid until 'later'! In one's veteran concert touring experience, a violinist must possess purity of heart and respect for the root of each note and cumulatively of all notes consecutively in this almost 'Priestly' Violin Concerto ... Appropo of the clergical descriptive word used, I recall Mr. Milstein, once in a long 'tutorial' at his home, cum studio, in Chester Square, spending beyond his schedule, some time in an RX to me, his 'Guinea Pig Heifetz Pupil', the necessity to 'sometimes turn on BBC TV to watch a religious programme which will do you a lot of good, dear Elisabeth!' At the time, I was caught off guard, so to speak, but in so doing I realized the Milstein Core Soul which was forever the 'Root' of his musical interpretative powers and beauty expressed in all violin concerti & pieces performed not to mention the Nathan Milstein Unaccompanied Bach Violin Sonatas and Partitas, as re-studied with Nathan Milstein over a period of 3.5 years and twice weekly for over 4 hours & up to 5 hours in his London Chester Square residence ...

I salute each & every Concertmaster above for their Reviews honoured, for it is an oft thankless job which many very fine Violinists take on and do so well in leading the string section and also suddenly as we used to hear our mentor's at USC say, "And then in a nano second you must suddenly sound like Heifetz!!'

On a different note cadence, it is indeed refreshing to learn Leonidas Kavakos is also bringing back The Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in e minor to concert going audiences in Chicago and in New York City, after performing this pearled Violin Concerto w/ our Chicago Symphony Orchestra and honoured 'Music Director Emeritus of the Chicago Symphony

Orchestra for Life', Conductor Riccardo Muti, in Carnegie Hall recently in September for The CH Concert Season 23/24!

Due to many troubles getting my Replies on during much of these past months, I hope this one actually does post so I can sign off from The Windy City of Chicago on October 12th in anno 2023!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Elisabeth Matesky ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Fwd ~ dmg

October 15, 2023 at 07:07 AM · Many fine thoughts and clear observations, Elizabeth: thanks! Editing with further thoughts: I have seen a few times on this site the idea that the Mendelssohn E minor concerto is a stepping-stone for the highest-level students. Nothing could be further than the truth. That wasn't Mendelssohn's intention, and the work is by turns lyrical, joyous, reflective, energizing... . I can't play it - I am not that sort of violinist - so I feel awe and wonder when I hear the truly great play it.

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